THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009
Men's hoops hits the road again on Friday to face Stetson
Winning tough games late in the season is a must for any championship team.

After getting through one physical test on Tuesday, the JU men’s basketball team faces another on Friday as they travel to face Stetson at 7 p.m.

The Dolphins (9-8, 7-1 A-Sun) maintain a share of first place with East Tennessee State and are the hottest team in the league, having won six in a row. That streak is going to be put to the test as JU has lost in its last three trips to the Edmunds Center.

“Stetson is a tough, physical team that is going to play hard for 40 minutes,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “Our veteran guys know that what to expect when you play a tough team on their home floor. We need everyone on our team ready to play for us to be successful.”

Jacksonville is learning how to finish games strong – ending the last four games on double-digit scoring runs to seal the games.

One of the unsung heroes of those late runs has been the play of the JU bench players. Using a “mob” mentality, the JU bench has put up 20 points or more in three of the last five games.

“We have been telling our guys all season that we need everyone to contribute for us to be successful,” Warren said.

The mob mentality has carried over to JU’s relentless attack on the boards. The Dolphins have won the rebounding battle in every game but one this season.